Love Your Drums Fundraiser For Dennis Stauffer’s Family

Tight-knit drum builders’ community partners with national nonprofit to stage a special fundraiser featuring a drawing and giveaway of nearly $30,000 worth of custom drums and equipment.

Love Your Drums Fundraiser For Dennis Stauffer's FamilySeveral major players within the drum industry have joined forces with the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and donated an impressive array of custom drums, drum kits and other items with an estimated value of nearly $30,000 for a drawing and giveaway to honor the memory of pioneering drum builder and designer Dennis Stauffer.

The Love Your Drums Fundraiser will be based around the Chicago Drum Show in mid-May and will have an internet home on the DrumART website at The fundraiser will support the family of Stauffer, who was killed in a January car crash in North Carolina.

The giveaway and drawing will feature nearly 40 snare drums and three full drumkits including a rare and beautiful complete Ash stave drumkit, a C&C Custom Drums cocktail drumkit, myriad one-ply, stave, segment and ply wood snare drums, and even a number of acrylic and metal snare drums including aluminum and seamless cast bell brass. Advertisement

People wishing to enter the drawing can make a donation to the fund on the fundraiser website at or in person at the Chicago Drum Show. Donors of $10 or more will automatically be entered into the May 20 drum drawing and earn one drawing entry for every $10 donated. (Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail after the drawing and do not need to be present to win.)

What’s more, nearly all donated items will be available for viewing in the Tribute to Dennis Stauffer Booth at the west end of the West Hall at the Chicago Drum Show being held at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, Ill. on May 19 and 20, 2012.

Dennis Stauffer, founder of Stauffer Percussion and Phattie Drums, was killed in an automobile crash in Fairview, N.C. in mid-January. Stauffer, who was 32, is survived by his wife, Brittney Stauffer, and son Roan, 1. Roan was involved in the crash but was not seriously injured. The family lives in Asheville, N.C. Advertisement

The tragic accident stunned and saddened a group of Stauffer’s friends and colleagues connected with the online drum builders’ community Using the online forum, the group agreed to build and give away a number of custom-made snare drums and full drum kits, each with a unique badge honoring Stauffer.

All drums, kits and materials were donated by industry sources including many custom drum builders who knew Dennis Stauffer, several drum hardware suppliers and Aquarian Drumheads which provided drum heads for all drums built for the initiative. What’s more, has committed to match the first $500 of money raised in the Love Your Drums Fundraiser. The money raised will be used to support Stauffer’s family in their time of need.

“Dennis was a true pioneer and very well liked within the custom drum-building community. He was friendly, trustworthy and had a unique sense of humor. The amazing array of items donated for this giveaway is a testament to how much of an impact Dennis made on the people who knew him,” said Jim Feck, owner and founder of, based near Albany, N.Y. Advertisement

Dennis was well known for his quality craftsmanship and commitment to innovation. In 2003, Stauffer provided various shell designs to the staff at the Physics Department at the University of Illinois, who mapped the physical differences in energy transfer between a drumhead and shell using different bearing edges. That information helped inform his future drum designs and contributed to the growth of Stauffer Percussion and Phattie Drums.

“Dennis was a very active and beloved member of our community,” said Bob Rodriguez, Advisory Board member. “Ghostnote is known as a community where members freely share information and knowledge with each other. Dennis’ insight and skill was a great asset to Ghostnote, and his loss has been felt deeply by all of us. We hope that this initiative will be a fitting tribute to his life and legacy.

The Love Your Drums Fundraiser was named after Stauffer’s personal and professional motto, “Love your drums.”

For more information contact:  Jim Feck, Owner, – or (518) 595-4789 or Bob Rodriguez, Advisory Board – or (909) 917-5823.

About Stauffer Percussion and Phattie Drums

Phattie Drums and Stauffer Percussion makes a series of handcrafted snare drums called Phattie Drums, Black Label Drums, Cocktail Drums, Steam Bent and Sounds Like Art. It was founded in Blacksburg, Va., in 2000 and, after years of steady growth, moved to Asheville, N.C. in 2008. Advertisement

About is the premier online community for custom drum builders developed by artist Eric Warman. Ghostnote originated in 2004 as an educational resource and showcase for the hobby drum builder and has grown into a thriving online community and Web forum supporting both professionals and hobbyists. Forum members have also established The Ghostnote Collective, a group of drum builders who regularly contribute time, materials and expertise to help drummers, music programs and in others in need.

About is a custom printed bass drumhead manufacturer based in Altamont, NY.  Founded in 1997, DrumART has designed and created more than 10,000 custom bass drumheads for bands and musicians worldwide. The company prides itself on top-quality printing, sterling service, extremely fast turnaround times and, above all, exceptional sound.

About Sweet Relief Musicians
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Sweet Relief was founded by singer-songwriter Victoria Williams in 1993. Victoria, while on a career-making tour with Neil Young was forced to drop off mid-schedule after experiencing unexplained debilitating symptoms. A long and painful diagnostic process revealed she had multiple sclerosis. After her diagnosis, a group of friends assembled an all-star album of Victoria’s songs, Sweet Relief, which alleviated much of her medical debt. Advertisement

About The Chicago Drum
The Chicago Drum Show is the world’s largest and longest-running event of its kind. It is a swap-meet, a drum expo, and an entertainment event. There are clinics, demonstrations, raffles, classes, and over 30,000 square feet of exhibits including new, used, vintage and custom drums, cymbals, and related accessories.